Saturday, November 24, 2012

Mae West: Vice on Monday

Enjoy a free screening of "She Done Him Wrong" and a discussion of MAE WEST on Monday, 26 November 2012. It's part of Rancho Mirage Library's Classic Hollywood Vice 4-Part Film and Lecture Series.
• • Journalist Stacy Davies will present a fascinating look at the controversial movie queen and the scandalous Hollywood “vice film” oeuvre that thrived in the years before the Motion Picture Production Code was enforced. There is no entry fee.
• • WHEN: Monday, 26 November 2012, 2:00 — 4:00 pm.
• • WHERE: Rancho Mirage Library, 71–100 Hwy. 111, Rancho Mirage, CA.
• • George Raft [26 September 1895 — 24 November 1980] • •
• • Born George Ranft in Manhattan to Conrad Ranft (who was of German descent), he would work on developing his slick "tough guy" persona, which came in handy when he worked in films.
• • In 1929 Raft moved to Hollywood and took small roles. His success came in "Scarface" [1932], the role that was originally offered to Jack LaRue, an actor who played opposite Mae West in her 1928 Broadway hit "Diamond Lil." George Raft's convincing portrayal of the gangster led to speculation that he himself was a mobster — — not far from the truth.
• • When the studio was casting Raft's new feature "Night after Night," the role of Maudie Triplett, a former gal pal of the speakeasy owner, was to be offered to a well regarded actress and night club personality: Texas Guinan. But Raft suggested Mae West for this cameo, and Mae's three little scenes set the so-so film on fire. "Mae stole everything but the cameras," admitted George Raft.
• • One of his final film appearances was in "Sextette" (1978) with Mae West.
• • George Raft died from leukemia in Los Angeles, California on Monday, 24 November 1980. He was 79.
• • On Tuesday, 24 November 1931 • •
• • On Tuesday, 24 November 1931 the newspaper Washington Herald reviewed "Constant Sinner." The D.C.-based drama critic wrote about the Greek-American actor George Givot's portrayal of the Harlem pimp Money Johnson as well as "the aroma of Mae West's hybrid dialogue."
• • On Wednesday, 24 November 1976 in Australia • •
• • An article "The Two Hidden Faces of Mae West" appeared in The Australian Women's Weekly on Wednesday, 24 November 1976.
• • On Monday, 24 November 1980 in the U.K. • •
• • British journalist Clancy Sigal fondly recalled the inflatable, durable, and anti-hypocrital genius of the late Mae West in London's Guardian. A lovely tribute.
• • Source: Article: "The saucy looks that said it all" written by Clancy Sigal for The Guardian; published on Monday, 24 November 1980
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I take it out in the open and laugh at it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An item in Hollywood Reporter mentioned Mae West.
• • Hollywood Reporter wrote: Screen Book for February has a slight edge over Screenland. Art is better, and the writers took a little more time over their stories. Helen Louise Walker has two good yarns, "Alice White Starts Another Fight" and "I'll Never Be Afraid Again" (Claudette Colbert).
• • Hollywood Reporter wrote: Dena Reed also has two stories, "Mae West Loses Her Man" and ....
• • Source: The Hollywood Reporter; published on Friday, 5 January 1934  
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2495th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

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• • Mae West 1932
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